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N.C. confirms seven cases of H1N1 in state

Posted May 5, 2009
Updated May 6, 2009

— State public health officials said Tuesday afternoon six additional confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus, or so-called swine flu, which has infected nearly 1500 people worldwide.

The announcement brings the total to seven. Two of the cases are in Onslow County; four in Craven; and one in Carteret, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said.

Officials have said the Craven-Carteret cases are four people who work together and got sick after one of them traveled to New York City. The fifth is a child of one of the four adults.

The state also added a second confirmed case in Onslow County, where a resident became the first confirmed case over the weekend after his recent travel to Texas. Officials have also suspected that his wife has the virus.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said she hoped by the end of Tuesday that state health officials would be able to perform the primary test for the flu virus in North Carolina, rather than send it to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"We feel really good about the capacity to respond," Perdue said at a Council of State meeting. "If the worst happened, North Carolina is prepared."

Health officials said there is one probable case of swine flu yet to be confirmed - a case in Wake County.

State leaders, along, with local health departments are continuing to monitor the outbreak, DHHS said in a statement.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 403 confirmed cases of the virus and one death. The six new North Carolina cases were not among them.

A case in Craven County involving the child prompted the state to shut down Arthur Edwards Elementary School in Havelock after a child presented flu symptoms Friday.

Dr. Jeff Engel, the state's public health director, said it was a precaution to allow local officials to put control measures in place.

That is the only school that has been closed in response to the H1N1 flu.

Meanwhile Tuesday, the CDC revised guidelines recommending against closing schools and day cares for suspected or confirmed cases of swine flu. It recommends students and staff sick with flu-like symptoms to stay at home for a minimum of seven days.

Also, as of Tuesday afternoon, the World Health Organization reported 1,490 cases, 822 of which are in Mexico. Twenty-nine of the cases there resulted in deaths.


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  • jgharrel May 6, 2009

    meh_whatever: Yes actually, it hadn't escaped my sense of humor that whatever officials decided to rename the virus into something that sounds more sinister and doomsday-like.

    Most of the people who have died from this have live in countries with poor health care systems and overall health conditions in the first place. The only death in the U.S. was a very young child. It's just the flu guys wash your hands and drink your OJ.

  • CestLaVie May 6, 2009

    "...shut down Arthur Edwards Elementary School in Havelock after a child presented flu systems Friday."

    I guess the writer means "symptoms". Great proof-reading.

    The cautions I take during flu season are the same ones I'll take with this mess; haven't had the flu since 1995 & NEVER get a flu shot (haven't had a shot since 1963, and, I had terrible flu symptoms so might just as well as had the flu)! Flu shots are more dangerous than the flu. There's even opinion out there that alzheimer's patients have a long history of continuous flu shots. Media & NC Public Health are blowing this way out of proportion, in my opinion.

  • james27613 May 5, 2009

    the virus has two genes common with the swine flu and
    another aviary gene but some countries were blocking the
    import and export of pork products and that is not necessary.
    Some countries were ordering the farms to kill off the pigs!
    again, not necessary with this h1n1 type.

  • affirmativediversity May 5, 2009

    Sit down Bev and put your head between your knees!

    I have this picture in my mind of all the staff at all 100 county health departments pacing around, wringing their hands watching these SEVEN PEOPLE!

    This would be hillarious if it wasn't costing us loads of money we can't afford.

  • Heel from Hell May 5, 2009

    Oh gee...I entered this message board without a mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer! I'm doomed!!!

    Get a grip folks.

  • meh_whatever May 5, 2009

    Am I the only one bothered by the fact that they've decided to go all PC and call it "H1N1"? The media, I mean?

    H1N1 is just plain old influenza. Same as you get with the seasonal flu.

    The strain of H1N1 that is of concern came from pigs.

    It is rather misleading.

    I think the CDC are calling it something really classy like novel H1N1 or something.

  • time4real May 5, 2009

    oh good, so glad we could join the ranks. hopefully 1 of the 7 is my report!